Daily COVID-19 Update: April 13, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, April 13, 2020.

The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County

We have had a total of 21 cases in the county: 13 presently recovering at home; 6 fully recovered; 1 remaining hospitalized; and 1 deceased.

An announcement from Counseling Services

Students, Counseling Services is inviting you to an event:  Coffee with a Counselor!! Join Julie for conversations, laughs and connection.  This is NOT a group therapy session – just a chance to socialize.  It is open to all students and bring your favorite joke.  If you are looking for a chance to connect or just have a conversation, this event is for you!

We hope to see you there!

Monday, (tonight) 8 p.m.!  Go to Bconnect: and we’ll send you a password from there to register!   If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie (lebrunj@berea.edu) or Angela (Angela_Taylor@berea.edu). We hope to see you there!

A statement from Berea College

Since its founding 1855, Berea College has been firmly rooted by its commitment to social justice. Founded as the first interracial and coeducational college in the U.S. South, we remain committed to racial and gender equality.  Devotion to the College’s scriptural foundation, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Acts 17:26), compels us to acknowledge the health disparities that have become even more stark in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that African Americans are dying in greater numbers from COVID-19.  As Bereans, we stand in solidarity with the members of our community who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis.  Let us extend the compassion, support, dignity and grace to one another that is characteristic of Bereans.  Let us weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn.  Let us work to address these health disparities and injustices in every aspect of our work.

How are you different? A perspective

by Lyle Roelofs (Disclaimer: If you continue, you will be reading the musings of a physicist about personality; proceed at your own risk.)

For almost all Americans, this is the first pandemic we have ever experienced.  We are learning a great deal about how our country as a whole and by regions responds to extreme financial and public health stress, and much of that is somewhat disappointing, although certainly it could be even worse.

It is interesting that we are also conducting a nation-wide stress test of ourselves as individuals.  We are all living markedly changed lives, permeated by very well-grounded fear that we do not know when things will get back to normal, if ever, and what we will individually and corporately go through before we get there.

So, this is an interesting moment to ask how you are different today than you were before March 10th when the campus closure announcement came out.  It’s been a month, by the way!  In this we can follow the wisdom of the ancient Greeks to seek to “know thyself,” such awareness being acknowledged by them as one of the keys to living the good life and avoiding some embarrassing mistakes.  That sort of introspection can also, I’m thinking, be helpful in navigating through the present challenges.

Most folks will likely say they are different in lots of ways, so I am listing a few possibilities.  You can pick the one that seems the most salient.  Or you add to the list if the way you are different or the way others you know seem different aren’t listed.

  • You might have a much higher level of anxiety, fearfulness, and more trouble sleeping
  • You might be pre-occupied to the point of distraction with any one of the several complex challenges we are experiencing
  • You might have become more suspicious of authority and our social structure, maybe even to the point of worrying about conspiracies
  • You might find yourself driven to behaviors that help you feel a little more normal or in control
  • You might find yourself antsy all of the time, having a harder time focusing on and sticking with the task at hand
  • You might find yourself much more inclined to avoidance than you were before
  • You might feel strongly compelled to engage in some sort of self-improvement, eating better, losing weight, balancing your checkbook, or giving up an unhealthy habit
  • You might have become more caring, striving more to help and encourage others than you did before
  • etc.

For me, it is a combination of the 4th and 5th of the above bullets.  It’s driving me a little crazy that it is so harder to focus on one thing and get it done.  But anyway, instead of finishing this piece, I am going to work on the puzzle we have going

It’s the start of week five; be safe everyone,

Lyle Roelofs, President